Miami basketball gains some roster clarity with Kyshawn George entering NBA Draft

In an interview in French with Bein Sports France, Miami basketball freshman Kyshawn George stated his intention to leave the Hurricanes after one season and enter the NBA Draft.

Jan 27, 2024; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Kyshawn George (7) dribbles the
Jan 27, 2024; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Kyshawn George (7) dribbles the / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

After showing a lot of potential during his one season with the Miami basketball program, freshman wing Kyshawn George told Bein Sports France of his intention to enter the NBA Draft. Christopher Stock of Inside the U was the first local reporter to reference the Bein Sports interview with George.

George is a consensus first-round pick. Scouts like George's length, size and versatility. At 6'8, George can play both guard spots and small forward. George averaged 7.8 points per game. 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 40.8 percent on three-point attempts and making 77.8 percent of his free throws.

George entering the NBA Draft was expected. Nijel Pack recently announced he is returning to Miami for his fifth season of college basketball. The Hurricanes are awaiting a decision from Wooga Poplar for next season. Miami has added center Lynn Kidd and power forward Brandon Johnson as transfers for next season.

Miami signed McDonald's All-American Jalil Bethea and four-star prospect Austin Swartz at guard in the 2024 class. Bethea is a projected starter. Swartz could provide Miami valuable minutes off the bench as a player who can score. Miami is also awaiting decisions from forward Matthew Cleveland and Norchad Omier for next season.

"I'm going to enter my name in the draft this year. I'm going to do everything really this summer to improve myself. Work on my on my strong points and then well rightly attract the attention of NBA teams so I can make myself draft(able) this summer."

Kyshawn George

George is likely to stay in the NBA Draft with a first-round projection. Poplar is a consensus second-round pick and will have a more difficult decision. Players have until April 27 to enter their names into the NBA Draft. June 16 at 5 PM Eastern Time is the NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline.

Miami could pursue another guard to hedge against the possibility of losing Poplar. Miami needs to add depth after losing five players to the transfer portal after the end of the season. Rising sophomore guard Paul Djobet is presumably the only returning player for Miami with Pack.

Next. Miami gains experience and versatility with transfer PF Johnson. Miami gains experience and versatility with transfer PF Johnson. dark

The additions of Johnson and Kidd with Bethea, 2024 forward signee Isaiah Johnson-Arigu and Swartz guarantee Miami seven schloarship players for next season. That allows Miami six more players to reach the scholarship limit of 13. Miami should remain busy in the transfer portal this spring.